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May 18, 2017 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

How much time does it really take for a healthy person to become measurably less healthy? Less than you might think.
According to new research from the University of Liverpool, just two weeks without regular physical …

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First category I added when I started this blog many moons ago. I jot stuff here I can't otherwise categorize.

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Pinklining: The Financial Threat More Women of Color Are Facing

July 11, 2016 – 1:10 am | No Comment
curly-haired woman doing paperwork

The Great Recession is over. The economy is back on its feet. That’s the popular narrative Americans see and hear every day, but the impact of the financial crisis is still being felt across the …

Stop Punishing Black Children Just Because They’re Black

July 10, 2016 – 3:38 pm | No Comment
Sad pupil being bullied by classmates at corridor

Schools should be held to higher standards than students. If schools irresponsibly impose discipline practices, then those rules (or leaders) should be expelled. However, when it comes to discipline, we give students the cane and …

The states that spend more money on prisoners than college students

July 10, 2016 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

It’s a terrible waste of taxpayer money.
Since 1990, state and local spending on prisons and jails has risen more than three times faster than spending on schools, according to a new Department of Education report …

5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus – The Atlantic

June 28, 2016 – 2:15 am | No Comment

Why playing with algebraic and calculus concepts—rather than doing arithmetic drills—may be a better way to introduce children to math
The familiar, hierarchical sequence of math instruction starts with counting, followed by addition and subtraction, then …

Can Parents Really Be Friends With Their Kids?

June 25, 2016 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

Two very different relationships that overlap in complicated ways.
Like coloring books or meals composed entirely of vegetables, befriending one’s parents is something that, by early adulthood, seems to take on a new sheen of coolness. …

What Abigail Fisher’s Affirmative Action Case Was Really About

June 24, 2016 – 12:08 am | No Comment

Abigail Fisher and Edward Blum walk outside the Supreme Court in 2012 (Susan Walsh/AP Photo)
The Supreme Court has upheld the University of Texas’s consideration of race in admissions. The case had been brought by Abigail …

Investment Tips for Grads

June 10, 2016 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

My Comments: Interview with Christine Benz by Jeremy Glaser.  Really great advice as always from Morningstar.

The most racist areas in the United States

June 5, 2016 – 8:09 pm | No Comment

There are neighborhoods in Baltimore in which the life expectancy is 19 years less than other neighborhoods in the same city. Residents of the Downtown/Seaton Hill neighborhood have a life expectancy lower than 229 other …

Time waits for no one. How can you plan for the life you want to live?

June 3, 2016 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

Five small steps to help you plan for life’s surprises. #PromotedPost
The Washington Post dives into a theory originally put forth by Paul Janet in 1897: We perceive the first years of our lives to be …

Spying Secrets: Is Facebook eavesdropping on your phone conversations?

May 24, 2016 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

It’s irresistible, enticing and addicting.  And, it’s available 24-hours a day all over the world to billions of people. Facebook beckons to users seemingly with a two-prong approach – both the pressure and pleasure to …

Putting it on plastic again – Record number of credit cards issued in 2015 surging 90 percent from 2009. 60 million credit cards issued last year alone.

May 23, 2016 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

We love credit cards as much as we hate paying bills.  As a nation we have an addiction to instant gratification.  In the not so distant past, Americans actually had to save money before making …

For the poor in the Ivy League, a full ride isn’t always what they imagined

May 17, 2016 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

Money pressures lead many to scrimp on textbooks, meals and other expenses.
To reach the Ivy League after growing up poor seems like hitting the jackpot. Students get a world-class education from schools that promise to …

The persistence of the reality gap matters | MSNBC

May 13, 2016 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

Has unemployment gone up or down in the Obama era? There’s an objective truth, which Republican voters choose not to believe.
“It’s a fact that unemployment has gone down and the stock market has gone up …

How To Spot A Home Repair Scam And Contractor Fraud – Life at Home – Trulia Blog

May 10, 2016 – 1:29 am | No Comment

Contractor fraud and home repair scams are all too commonplace. No matter how many reviews you’ve read online, follow these rules to avoid being ripped off.
Imagine: You’re having lunch and a contractor knocks on your …

Who gets divorced in America, in 7 charts – The Washington Post

May 7, 2016 – 6:07 am | No Comment

The groups that are most likely to get divorced in America
There’s this persistent myth in America that about half of all marriages end in divorce.
In fact, the figures are significantly lower, as new graphics by …

‘Looming catastrophe’: These 7 emergency surgeries account for 80 percent of deaths and costs

April 29, 2016 – 5:09 am | No Comment

Chances are that even the lucky among us will see the inside of an emergency room at some point, for ourselves or our loved ones. More than 3 million such patients undergo a surgical procedure …

Rates of severe obesity among U.S. kids still rising: study

April 27, 2016 – 10:18 pm | No Comment
The size of stomach of children with overweight.

Obesity continues to plague American kids, with a new study finding rates of severe obesity climbing over a 15-year period.
Examining national data from 1999 through 2014, researchers found that one-third of American children aged 2 to …

Is it possible to be fair to actors we simply, irrationally just don’t like?

April 25, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

More to the point, why do we unquestioningly “love” certain actors and instinctively, almost reflexively, “hate” others? In the vortex of 24/7 celebrity infotainment, it’s now impossible to watch performers on screen without being aware …

Crony capitalism and the rigged system

April 25, 2016 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

Both Democrats and Republicans are in this game together.  They only differ in minor ways.  That is why this year with Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump having success, it is surprising to hear from candidates …

Tennessee governor vetoes bill making Bible the official state book

April 15, 2016 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

“My personal feeling is that this bill trivializes the Bible, which I believe is a sacred text,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday vetoed a bill that would have made the …

A new divide in American death: Statistics show widening urban-rural health gap | The Washington Post

April 11, 2016 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

Data suggests risky behaviors are working to defy modern trends of mortality, perhaps most starkly among middle-aged white women.
White women have been dying prematurely at higher rates since the turn of this century, passing away …

The education and employment myth: Almost two-thirds of people in the labor force do not have a college degree.

April 11, 2016 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

There is an ongoing perception that most of the workforce has a college degree.  When we say college degree we mean at a minimum a bachelor’s degree.  You would think that with $1.3 trillion in …

Corporate America supports the fight for LGBT rights. It should do the same for black lives.

April 2, 2016 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

Demonstrators are shown during a Black Lives Matter protest last year.
When several black celebrities refused to attend the Academy Awards this year, their protest was initially dismissed as a futile gesture. Yet their boycott succeeded …

Video shows white cops performing roadside cavity search of black man

April 1, 2016 – 8:54 pm | No Comment

Aiken, S.C., cops had no reasonable cause for even the traffic stop, much less to violate the man’s body.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been working on an investigative series about police abuse in South …

A college-admissions edge for the wealthy: Early decision

April 1, 2016 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

Dozens of prominent colleges fill a third or more of their incoming classes through early-decision applications, which prevent comparison shopping for the best financial deal and make it more difficult to get in during the …

1 out of 3 American households can no longer afford rent, food, and transportation. The biggest rise in expenditures comes from rising housing costs.

March 31, 2016 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

The real unemployment rate is nearly twice as high as the stated headline unemployment rate. Only 44 percent of the adult population is engaged in full-time employment. This is also reflected in the 94 million …

Hubble Peers Into the Heart of the Milky Way Galaxy | NASA

March 31, 2016 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

Peering deep into the dusty heart of our Milky Way galaxy using infrared vision, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope reveals a rich tapestry of more than half a million stars. Except for a few blue foreground …

Mitigating the Risks of Cognitive Decline

March 28, 2016 – 11:48 am | No Comment

Is Borrowing From A 401K Smart? – Money Matters

March 27, 2016 – 10:49 pm | No Comment

It is possible to use your 401K for a down payment, but borrowing from a 401k isn’t a great idea. Find out why you shouldn’t use your 401k for down payment assistance.
Source: Is Borrowing From …

Poor white kids are less likely to go to prison than rich black kids

March 27, 2016 – 9:44 pm | No Comment

What’s more, even young black people who follow the rules and are never incarcerated are less likely than similar white people to accumulate wealth as they get older. As of 2012, the median household wealth …

The Weeknd: Earned it

March 18, 2016 – 9:02 pm | No Comment

While very sexy, this video pulls back from the brink of going overboard.  The Weeknd nails it with awesome vocal over a well produced video that leave quite a bit to the imagination.

Short Answers to Hard Questions About Zika Virus

March 18, 2016 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

Why scientists are worried about the growing epidemic and its effects on pregnant women, and advice on how to avoid the infection
The World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency, …

The Great Inflationary Lie: How you’ve been lied to about inflation and the cost of living since 2000.

March 17, 2016 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

You’ve been lied to about inflation.  That is the truth.  The banking apparatus wants you to believe that there is little to no inflation so they can continue with their money expanding ways but all …

Your chances of becoming poor may be higher than you think

March 9, 2016 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

Researchers can assess your odds based on just four key factors
The odds of striking it rich by playing the Powerball are 1 in 292 million — worse than the odds of being struck by lightning — …

9 charts showing Americans never recovered from the Great Recession: If you are wondering why people are so angry look no further.

March 5, 2016 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

The press is somewhat baffled as to why Americans are so angry this year.  The stock market seems to be doing fine (too bad most Americans don’t own stock).  Jobs are being added (too bad …

Survey Reveals Beliefs, Behaviors on Alzheimer’s

February 26, 2016 – 10:36 pm | No Comment

People recognize the seriousness of Alzheimer’s disease, but they aren’t taking steps to learn about their personal chances of getting the disease or to prepare for it financially, according to a new survey.
The WebMD and …

Giving a Presentation? Three Ways to Leave Your Fingerprint

February 22, 2016 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

I’ll never forget my first speech. It was 1964 in Cooperstown, NY, and I was a 29-year-old project manager at GE who’d been asked to present a new plastics venture to a group of 300 …

Black Lives Matter activist kills himself on steps of Ohio statehouse

February 10, 2016 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

A prominent young Ohio activist killed himself on the steps of the statehouse Monday.
MarShawn M. McCarrel II, a leading member of the state’s Black Lives Matter movement, shot himself outside the capitol’s entrance at around …

A Look Forward at TSP Investing in 2016

February 8, 2016 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

The financial media is abuzz with the soundbite that the stock market is off to “the worst start in history” in 2016. That is both absolutely true, and completely misleading. The fact is, corrections similar …

Learning to play fair: Is it the same for kids around the world?

January 26, 2016 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

Life isn’t fair.
That truth is something that children seem to understand almost intuitively at a young age. However, the path through which they develop a sense of what’s fair and what isn’t — and how …

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